Tongue and Quill
1 AUGUST 2004
Communication is an essential tool for the
twenty-first century Air Force
BY ORDER OF THE
AIR FORCE HANDBOOK 33-337
SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE
1 AUGUST 2004
Communications and Information
THE TONGUE AND QUILL
Supersedes AFH 33-337, 30 June 1997.
Certified by: ACSC/DEO (Lt Col Bart Kessler)
COMMUNICATING IS A
POWERFUL TOOL FOR THE
The Tongue and Quill is dedicated to every man and woman in today’s Air Force who will ever
sling ink at paper, pound a keyboard, give a briefing, or staff a package to support the mission.
Currently, The Tongue and Quill is widely used by Air Force military and civilian members,
professional military school educators and students, and civilian corporations around the United
As United States Air Force employees, it is important we communicate clearly and effectively to
carry out our mission. This handbook together with AFMAN 33-326, Preparing Official
Communications, will provide the necessary information to ensure clear communications—
written or spoken. The use of the name or mark of any specific manufacturer, commercial
product, commodity, or service in this publication does not imply endorsement by the Air Force
To all you enthusiastic users worldwide, keep up the good fight!
SUMMARY OF REVISIONS
This revision improved organization; rearranged layout; updated quotes, art and word lists; and
added material on preparing to write and speak, writing with focus, communicating to persuade,
research, meetings, briefings and listening; updated information on electronic communication
and e-mail, and added information on Air Force writing products such as awards, decorations
and performance reports.
OPR: ACSC/DEOP (Mrs. Sharon McBride)
Pages: 378 /Distribution F
The Tongue and Quill has been a valued Air Force resource for decades